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Old 07-21-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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Which Bike Rack for your 2" Reciever

In moving from a tow-behind to a fifth-wheel one of the things I didn't think about was losing the bed space in my truck for Bicycles.

I ordered a Bike Rack to fit the 2" reciever on the back of the fifth wheel but the instructions explicitly say not to use it on the back of a trailer. I'm guessing because of the exaggerated motion due to the length.

I need a bike rack that is RV rated that can carry a minimum of three and ideally four bikes. I want high quality that will last and most of all easy to use.

What do you guys use?
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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Check out swagman. Got mine from etrailer sells swagman for RV use. That's where I got mine




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Old 07-21-2016, 03:42 PM   #3
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X2 on the Swagman. While I don't use it on the back of my trailer, I use it on the truck when not towing. Mine is got to be well over 10 years old. It's very durable, and Swagman is one of the few on the market that can be used on the back of a trailer. Amazon has the best prices for the Swagman racks. And if you have Prime...
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Old 07-21-2016, 04:30 PM   #4
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X3 on the swagman. Etrailer has some good pricing too.
I have two-two bike RV Swagmans mounted on a extended square tube so I can carry 4 bikes on the back of my trailer, frame mounted receiver hitch of course.

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:56 PM   #5
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I see that swagman makes several models. The one posted above looks quite stout and probably overkill for my need (as well as costs more than the bikes)

Anybody have any experience with this model:

https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Bike-...ywords=swagman

Or should I just bite the bullet and go with this:

https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross...ywords=swagman
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:20 PM   #6
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I would suggest going to Swagman's website and figuring out which ones are rated for the rear of a rv. Then shop from there. I am not real familiar with Swagman, but have read very good things about them!

We have a Quantum (discontinued, made by Sportcraft I think it was) tray style 4 bike rack. Requires the front wheel to be removed, but I have had the rack for ~20yrs. I also use one of the hitch anti rattle kits. It is a u bolt with a steel plate that keeps the rack from bouncing up and down. Downside to the anti rattle kit is you need a 3/4" wrench to install and remove it. Otherwise works great!

Good luck shopping!!!
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A freind has the XTC-4 and loves it. He says he has had no issues with it. I bought the same one maybe 3 years ago, based on his experience. I noticed last week the hole the pin goes in to lock the unit in position is starting to elongate. I'm fairly sure I will rebuilt it this winter, and make it a bit beefier.

The XTC-4 is not RV rated, but the do make some that are.
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I think the most important thing is to get one that supports the bikes from the bottom, holding the wheels. Here is mine, but only holds two bikes unless modified like I did.
Swagman Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches or RV Bumpers Swagman RV and Motorhome Bike Racks S64663

The 4 bike one you linked to would probably work as it is a bottom holding rack.
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I just bought the Swagman Dimension and it's been great. I called eTrailer with a question about the XTC-2, but they guided me to the Dimension as they claim it's a little better quality. Bikes are rock solid on it.
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I think the most important thing is to get one that supports the bikes from the bottom, holding the wheels.

I have started looking for a bike rack as well. Found a swagman that the bikes' top tubes sits in. What issue does it cause that you recommend one that supports the wheels? Just trying to get informed. Thanks.
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